Speed dating was new at the time, a load of these Woking dating sites were also appearing (pre- Facebook days too).It was a fad, a craze at the time and so as four single guys at the time, we jumped on board.At the time, reality events and TV shows were all the rage, I appeared in two mini versions of “Big Brother” around that era, this was something new.I never wrote about that Speed Dating adventure on this platform before but I did cover the Lock In (fake Big Brother).A team led by Elizabeth Bruch, a sociologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, tapped into this torrent of dating data.Because of a nondisclosure agreement, the researchers can't reveal the exact source of their subjects, describing it only as an "established, marriage-oriented, subscription-based dating site" from which they randomly selected 1855 people, all based in New York City.
Instead, the results indicate that you are probably looking for "deal breakers," harshly eliminating those who do not live up to your standards. People met their romantic partners through the recommendations of friends, family, or even at real-world locations known as "bars." Whatever signals and decisions led people to couple up were lost to science. According to the Pew Research Center, 5% of Americans in a committed romantic relationship say they met their partner through an online dating site.When you’re online dating, why do you swipe left on one person and swipe right on another?Are you carefully weighing every factor that makes someone a good romantic match?Bruch's team devised a statistical model that maps the "decision rules" people follow during the first two steps.Bruch and her team divided the rules into two broad categories, "deal breakers" and "deal makers," used to exclude or include people for the next level of contact.Bruch wondered: Is mate selection like a job interview process, where the person with the best combination of positive factors wins?Or is it more like a -style reality show, where contestants are picked off one by one for a single failing?If a profile did not include a photo, for example, both men and women were 20 times less likely to even look at the rest of the person's profile.Smoking was another big deal breaker, associated with a 10-fold drop in interest."I expect positive selection to kick in at a later stage of the search," he says.Lin hopes that other dating sites will release similar data, because website design could play a bit part in how people make decisions.